BLACK MAGIC: FRAGILITY, FLUX AND THE REWILDING OF ART

A chapter by Andrew Goodman on Somatic Drifts drawing together quantum physics, ecology and shamanism in the publication Immediation: Art, Media, Event, edited by Erin Manning, Anna Munster, Bodil Marie Stavning Thomsen by Open Humanities Press, 2019.

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…Even as scientists are studying Jones’ work to unlock its ‘secrets’, cognitive or other scientific explanations are never going to be able to satisfactorily explain the event unless they are prepared to abandon classical physics and embrace the radicalism of thermodynamics…”

“For, as much as rules or conditions can be abstracted and quantified, both rewilding and Jones’ artwork remain also magical: mysterious alien and fragile, operating beyond the reach of the human participant, instead entertaining on an environmental scale…”